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Academic Integrity Appeals

If the Honor Board finds you have committed an act of academic dishonesty, you will be sent a copy of the Board's findings and sanction(s) via e-mail. In cases where the Board determines the appropriate sanction to be less than suspension or expulsion, the finding and the sanction will be final unless you submit an appeal.

If you wish to file an appeal, you must notify the Student Honor Council in writing of your intent to appeal within three (3) business days after the Board's written decision is sent to you. While you may appeal both the finding of responsibility and the penalty, the complainant may appeal the penalty only.

After notifying the Student Honor Council of your intent to appeal the decision, you then have seven (7) additional business days to submit the written appeal to the Honor Council Executive Committee. The opposing party will have a reasonable opportunity to submit a written response to the appeal. You should know that in reviewing your request, the appellate body:

  1. May only reduce sanctions if the penalty or penalties are found to be grossly disproportionate to the offense. Likewise, if the complainant files an appeal, sanctions may be increased only if the original sanction is found to be grossly disproportionate to the offense.
  2. May only remand cases to a new Honor Board in instances of substantial procedural errors, interpretive errors, or the emergence of significant evidence that you could not have produced through diligence at the initial hearing.
  3. May only dismiss cases if the original finding is deemed arbitrary and capricious.

Regardless of whether an appeal is filed, sanctions of suspension require the approval of the Vice President for Student Affairs and may be altered, deferred, or withheld. The President must approve sanctions of expulsion, and again, they may be altered, deferred, or withheld.

Please fill out and include the Academic Appeal Cover Sheet with your appeal brief submission.

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